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querulous

(adj.) full of complaints; complaining

avaricious

(adj.) greedy

apt

(adj.) suited to the purpose or occasion

sprawl

(verb) to sit or lie in a relaxed position with the limbs spread out carelessly or ungracefully

prissy

(adj.) excessively proper; affectedly correct; prim

pristine

(adj.) having its original purity; uncorrupted or unsullied

radiant

(adj.) emitting rays of light; shining; bright

gambit

(noun) an opening move in which a player in a game seeks to obtain some advantage

modulation

(noun) the act of regulating or adjusting; the act of softening, toning down

primordial

(adj.) constituting a beginning; original; elementary

haltingly

(adv.) hesitatingly; done with indecision and pauses

lull

(verb) to soothe or quiet

doctrine

(noun) a particular principle, position, or policy taught or advocated, as of a religion or government

torrid

(adj.) oppressively hot, parching, or burning, as climate, weather, or air

vernacular

(noun) The standard native language of a country or locality

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